Thai-ish Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce

I have no idea where I stumbled upon this recipe, but whenever I did, it sent me down a little rabbit hole of pinning a bazillion peanut sauce-including recipes. Whee! Try it – seriously. We’re going to be eating peanut sauced meals for months! Anywho, this was the recipe that started it all, so I had to give it a try. I modified it slightly (of course), and did not serve it over mashed potatoes (because… huh? maybe it’s just not for me.). I served mine over garlic rice with cilantro and sweet peas (because… yeah, buddy!). And now… here you go.IMG_9687.1

WHAT YOU NEED
For the meatballs:
* 1lb ground chicken
* 3 green onions, chopped
* 1/4C chopped cilantro
* 1T red curry paste
* 1C panko breadcrumbs
* 1 egg
* salt and pepper, to taste
For the sauce:
* 1T sesame oil
* 1 can coconut milk
* 1T red curry paste
* 2T peanut butter
* salt and pepper, to taste
* 1T brown sugar
* pinch red pepper flakes
* a few large leaves of basil, chopped

WHAT TO DO
Preheat the oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or, if you don’t have it, tin foil and a light spritz of cooking spray.

Mix together all of the meatball ingredients in a bowl. Use your hands. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s the best way to mix meat and get your ingredients truly blended through evenly. Hand-roll the mixture into balls, about an inch or so in diameter, and place onto your prepared baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes.

When your meatballs have about 10 minutes to go, get your sauce going. Heat the sesame oil over medium heat in a large high-sided pan. Add the red curry paste and cook just 1-2 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients except the basil, stir, and cook about 5 minutes. Now, By now your meatballs should be done. Add them to the sauce and spoon the sauce over them to give them a good coat. Add the basil and cook another minute. Done! Serve!

Not only is this a simple and reasonable weeknight meal, it’s also really packed to the brim with delicious and beautiful flavors. AND, it is totally kid-pleasing! BTW, if you (or anyone you are feeding) has a peanut allergy, you can definitely substitute a non-peanut butter (e.g., soy nut butter). Same effect.

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